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Cloud computing set to drive efficiency for small businesses in Asia

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 13, 2010
Research from parallels indicates cloud services to dominate small business IT in Asia within three years

SHENZHEN, CHINA, 13 OCTOBER 2010 Asia Pacific small businesses are likely to adopt cloud computing services in the next three years, according to newly released research from cloud enablement provider, Parallels.

The research was conducted among delegates at the recent Parallels APAC Summit in Singapore, and the results show that about 84 per cent of respondents believe cloud computing is set to drive efficiency for small businesses in Asia.

Transformation of IT operations

The delegates at the APAC Summit unanimously agreed that cloud computing is going to transform IT operations for small businesses in the Asia Pacific. About 68 per cent of the respondents agree that in the next 12 months, cloud computing will become very important in driving efficiency and profitability among small businesses in the region.

Sixty nine per cent of the delegates see scalable flexibility as the biggest advantage that cloud services can bring to small business IT. Of those surveyed, 60 per cent said cost reduction is a very important factor in the uptake of cloud computing.

Fifty two percent of the respondents said that virtualised infrastructure services will drive the adoption of cloud computing, and 44 per cent expect shared Web hosting services to be popular among small businesses in the region. Forty-two per cent of the delegates said they are hoping messaging and collaboration applications will gain traction in the coming months.

Expansion of market in the region

Jan-Jaap Jager, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Parallels, said more than 300 delegates attended this event from Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, India and Japan.

Jager noted a huge buzz of excitement regarding the future of the cloud services industry in Asia, and said this indicates the expansion of the market in this region.

The results of the survey also show that 70 per cent of the attendees agree that small businesses should choose the public cloud over private cloud for its ability to reduce the need for dedicated IT support.

Forty per cent of the respondents realise the benefits of cost savings that the public cloud can bring to the small business sector. Also, 36 per cent of respondents said there is a much wider range of applications available in the public cloud.

The networking sessions were also a great success. We cannot under-estimate the need for cloud service providers to partner with one another to foster industry innovation, said John Eng, vice president of marketing and alliances Asia Pacific, Parallels. Since Parallels is the leader of cloud services enablement, our value lies in connecting people and ideas, and I believe we were really able to move boundaries with the quality of discussion generated by the attendees of the APAC Summit this year.


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